A “mela” good event

by The Gateshead Housing Company & filed under Gateshead Council, Get involved, Get involved - ways to get involved, News.

The Gateshead Housing Company’s Involvement Team has attended Gateshead’s annual Mini Mela, meeting tenants and leaseholders.

Customers were encouraged to ‘get involved’ to help make housing services better, and were offered advice on saving money on their energy bills.

TGHC_Gateshead_Mini_Mela_Feb_2016_001The ‘Mini Mela’, organised by charity GemArts and held at Caedmon Hall within Gateshead Central Library, was a family event celebrating diversity and art from around the world.

Activities on offer included African drumming, Bollywood dance, Indian rangoli, silk painting, Chinese origami, henna tattooing, Korean kites and storytelling.

At the event, the Involvement Team promoted the housing company’s free training programme and recruited new members to the BME housing forum, giving customers from minority ethnic groups an opportunity to help improve services.

The team also talked to customers about their ongoing work to help save people money on their gas and electricity bills.

Helen Watson, Involvement and Diversity Officer, said: “Energy Best Deal helps customers ensure they are receiving the best deal for their circumstances, informs them about government energy efficiency schemes, and advises about energy efficiency savings that can be made around the home.”

To find out how much they can save, customers can email the housing company’s Energy Advisor or call 0191 433 5800.

Or to find out more about getting involved in helping the housing company to improve its services, email the Involvement Team or call 0191 433 5357.

Photo: Helen Watson and Lois Mackay from The Gateshead Housing Company talk to local residents at Gateshead’s annual Mini Mela.